The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Prospect Hill

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Prospect Hill, ------Stephens, Esq., is finely situated on the side of a hill, backed and flanked by rising woods. All that it requires is that finishing to the lawn which can be only given by the exercise of ornamental gardening: that is, the judicious disposal of groups and baskets of flowers, and vases and other architectural ornaments. A terrace, as a basement to the house, would also be a great improvement. Some young plantations by the road side are judiciously thinned, so as to allow the trees to be clothed with branches from the ground upwards; a circumstance rarely to be met with in any other part of this country. A narrow belt becomes thus pro- ductive of great Variety of form and outline, and is a more effective scene than if it were broader, and the trees standing closer together.